morpho

noun
mor·​pho | \ ˈmȯr-(ˌ)fō How to pronounce morpho (audio) \
plural morphos

Definition of morpho

: any of a genus (Morpho of the family Morphoidae) of large showy tropical American butterflies that typically have a brilliant blue metallic luster on the upper surface of the wings

Examples of morpho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tiny scales on a morpho butterfly’s wings, for example, are covered with minuscule ridges that have cross-ribs—a little like the profile of a fir tree. Meg Wilcox, Scientific American, "A Butterfly’s Brilliant Blue Wings Lead to Less Toxic Paint," 13 Nov. 2020 The tiny device was inspired by the morpho butterfly's eyes, according to the study published in the journal Optica. Fox News, "New surgical goggles spot cancer tissue where human eye won’t, study claims," 16 Apr. 2018 The tiny device was inspired by the morpho butterfly's eyes, according to the study published in the journal Optica. Fox News, "New surgical goggles spot cancer tissue where human eye won’t, study claims," 16 Apr. 2018 The tiny device was inspired by the morpho butterfly's eyes, according to the study published in the journal Optica. Fox News, "New surgical goggles spot cancer tissue where human eye won’t, study claims," 16 Apr. 2018 The blue morpho that was stolen isn’t actually native to Madagascar, despite the exhibit's name. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "This woman was arrested for theft — butterfly theft, Ohio police say | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 The group Rainforest Alliance says the blue morpho's beauty attracts artists and collectors from all over the globe. Fox News, "Bold thief steals rare, colorful butterfly from Ohio conservatory," 20 Apr. 2018 Blue morpho butterflies are native to Central and South American rainforests and have life cycles lasting about 115 days. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Ohio woman charged with stealing rare butterfly," 30 Apr. 2018 She's charged with theft for stealing a blue morpho butterfly from Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati two weeks ago. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Ohio woman charged with stealing rare butterfly," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of morpho

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for morpho

New Latin, from Greek Morphō, epithet of Aphrodite

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22 Nov 2020

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“Morpho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/morpho. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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